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Skoda Octavia (2013 - )

Last updated 13 June 2016

Saloon shape but actually a practical hatchback. Far superior interior quality than outgoing model. Very practical with a large boot. Feels solid.
Comfortable but not exciting to drive.
Updated 13 June 2016
New 1.0 TSI engine added

A turbocharged, three-cylinder petrol engine has replaced the 1.2-litre, four-cylinder version. The new 1.0 TSI produces 115PS and provides 200Nm of torque. In combination with 7-speed DSG, the new...

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The Octavia is Skoda’s most popular car in the UK, so it’s no surprise this new model sticks to the formula that made its predecessor such a success. It’s practical, well equipped and offers excellent value for money – but this time around there’s more technology, better fuel economy and more space.

On the surface it might not look like a radical step forward. The styling is neat but subdued and in profile the car looks similar to the last generation model – but this time around it’s both larger and lighter, with weight savings of more than 100kg - which translates to useful fuel economy improvements.

There are plenty of thoughtful ‘Simply Clever’ touches throughout the Octavia. Features like a built in ice-scraper, reversible rubber boot carpet and door-pocket waste bin add to the appeal and make it stand apart from rivals, as does the large, 590-litre boot.

Four engines are initially available, two petrol and two diesel, all of which are familiar from other Volkswagen Group cars. The entry level 1.2-petrol and 1.6-litre diesel engines both have the same 105PS power output, while the 1.4-litre TSI petrol produces 140PS and the top 2.0-litre TDI engine produces 150PS.

For the best efficiency and lowest running costs the 1.6 TDI is the one to go for – it has CO2 emissions of 99g/km and a combined cycle economy figure of 74.3mpg – but none of the engines are particularly thirsty. Buyers won’t just save on fuel and tax bills, either – the new Octavia is in cheaper insurance groups than the outgoing model. 

Watch AgainOur live Q&A session at the unveiling of the new Octavia

Skoda Octavia 2013 Road Test

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Owners' Reviews


Great Car

On 18 March 2016
Mini Clubman
By terrygriff

Great all round package, amazing space for a small car

On 7 December 2015

It is roomy, quiet and comfortable, well-equipped and reasonably economical

On 7 July 2014

Value my car